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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Katja Valaskivi is Professor in Religious Studies and Media Research and heads the Helsinki Research Hub on Religion, Media and Social Change (Heremes). She is also one of the three research directors in the datafication research programme at the Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH). She specializes in datafication and mediatization of religions, belief systems, worldwiews and ideologies and has developed multi-method approaches for the study of  disruptive, hybrid media events such as terror attacks and natural disasters. Valaskivi is currently the PI in research projects on mediatized religious populism, politics of conspiracy theories as well as the circulation of extremism in the dark web and beyond. She co-chairs the Nordic Network on Religion, Media and Populism (Norempo) and is Advisory Board member in the International Society of Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC)


External positions

Mediatutkimuksen dosentti, Tampereen yliopisto

2007 → …

Fields of Science

  • 518 Media and communications
  • religion, media and social change
  • conspiracy theories
  • epistemic contestations
  • hybrid media events
  • countermedia
  • social media
  • extremism
  • terrorism
  • innovationism
  • religion, media and populism
  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Study of religion

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.